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Is this story related to WWII?no

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prags | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:21 PM via web

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Is this story related to WWII?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 2, 2010 at 12:55 AM (Answer #1)

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I guess I would need more guidance in terms of the analysis here before I go against it.  I would be very interested to see where there could be potential connections between the story and the Second World War.  I guess outside of this, I would have to concede that I don't see much of the connection.  Saroyan writes about the Armenian community, and their fragmented state could be attributed to the Armenian Massacre at the hands of the Turks at the end of the First World War.  I am not entirely certain that I see much in way of the Second World War references in the story.  There is conflict present, but it is negotiated not through the use of force, but rather through paternal guidance of John Byro and the sense of moral evolution of the boys.  Few, if any, of these terms could be applied to the warring nations in World War II.  There is not much in way of abuse, but rather a great deal of trust that ends up benefiting everyone at the end.  I guess I don't see World War II in the same way.  As I said, outside of more detail in terms of where potential inks might be, I am inclined to not see much in way of connection.

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